Severe thunderstorms can take a toll on the exterior of your home. Spring and Summer are the most popular time of year for severe storms! Reduce stress with these tips to be better prepared for the unpredictable season. 

Roof Inspection

The best way to test your preparedness for storm season is to schedule a roof inspection before the harsh weather arrives. An inspection can help you identify the need for roof repair or replacement and provide peace of mind. 

Reinforce Windows & Clean Gutters

If you are given enough notice before a storm, you should check your windows and clean your gutters. Ensure you have the tools to reinforce your windows from extreme weather conditions. Proper tools would include shutters or gates that can sustain damage. Your gutters could have leaves and debris, leading to leaks and siding damage. Cleaning out the gutters early enough could save you extra trouble. 

Utility Shut-Offs

Locate your water, electricity, and gas shut-offs so you can safely turn them off during a storm surge. This is important for hazard and damage prevention. 

Review Insurance & Storm Emergency Plans

Review your home insurance policy before any significant storms so you can have reassurance in what damages will be covered. Create and review a Storm Emergency Plan with your family and home in case of urgent developing weather conditions. You should also plan and review information on potential weather conditions.

Locate First Aid and Build An Emergency Kit 

Having a First Aid and Storm Emergency Kit is essential for any household. You can create your own with items necessary for you and your family. Recommended items are flashlights, batteries, blankets, extra sets of clothes, toiletries, and enough food and water for at least three days. Building your emergency kit can be difficult, but there are resources that can help. Additionally, you could purchase a storm emergency kit to be extra prepared. 

After every major storm, your roof needs to be professionally inspected and taken care of. At XL Contracting, we are storm damage experts with years of experience to help you and your home during the storm season. Contact us to see how we can help you prepare!